duckling question

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by AK_Button_Mama, Apr 12, 2009.

  1. AK_Button_Mama

    AK_Button_Mama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 30, 2008
    Wasilla, Alaska
    I am hatching ducklings for a friend right now and I was wondering if once they are all fluffed out can they take a swim in the bathtub? I was thinking about putting some lukewarm water in there a couple inches deep so they can swim like ducks are suppose to.... but I dont want to do anything I am not suppose to...

    these guys are hatching 3 days early..... and are FULL of vigor....
  2. Mojo Chick'n

    Mojo Chick'n Empress of Chickenville

    Quote:I would wait at least til they are a week old or so - I think I waited two weeks with my first ducklings - and even then half of them just stood there not knowing quite what to do [​IMG] - they caught on quickly, though.

    Just make sure you dry them and put them under a nice warm lamp afterwards. They get soaked the first few times in the water.

  3. AK_Button_Mama

    AK_Button_Mama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 30, 2008
    Wasilla, Alaska
    well we wont have them that long they will go home to thier mommies friday at the latest.... they are not my duckies but I thought I could enjoy them while I have them!!! I will cuddle them allot and love them.... they are cute!!! I just cant have them here!!! thanks for the advice!
  4. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

    Oct 2, 2008
    If you are watching closely, and the water is warm, you can give them some tub time. The earliest I have put mine in is 3 days after hatch.
  5. SGM

    SGM Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 18, 2008
    Easley, SC
    I have taken mine in the water at just a couple days old. I use nice warm water, not too warm, and I keep the swims short enough that they don't chill. Then I dry them off, best I can and put them right back in the brooder under the heat lamp.
  6. AK_Button_Mama

    AK_Button_Mama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 30, 2008
    Wasilla, Alaska
    so I might be able to do it if I use warm water... I would never let them get cold... I like them they are so cute!
  7. bangor777

    bangor777 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2008
    MIne took short swims on day 2. I didn't need a bath tub though, they were soooo small! I used a little basin.
  8. Brickman House

    Brickman House Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 24, 2009
    I used to wait a week or two to swim my ducklings, but after I opened the hatchery box on the last crew of day olds, put them in my bathtub brooder, and four of them promptly climbed in the milk jug waterer and began swimming around, I decided I might have been a bit overprotective.

    I just picked up a few day old Pekins at TSC, and popped them in the bathtub brooder with my week olds, who get a swim twice a day. The day olds took to it, no problem.

    So I'd say you can swim a duckling from a couple of days onward, as long as they can get under some heat afterwards.
  9. kycklingmamma

    kycklingmamma Chillin' With My Peeps

    I too let our runners swim at about 3 days old, but they were so small a pie dish was big enough for them to have a field day.
    Enjoy them while you can

  10. KellyandKatie

    KellyandKatie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 29, 2007
    Kitsap County, WA
    baby ducks do not make their own oil to make them waterproof like adult ducks, nor can the moderate their own temperature
    IF they have a mother, the mom preens herself, putting HER oil on her beak, and then she preens her babies, making them waterproof with her oil
    and she knows how long is okay and she keeps them warm
    no mama- no swimming till at least three weeks

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